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The HD Mountains in southern Colorado were reportedly named after an old cattle brand, not the more contemporary “High Definition” television brand. But a plan by BP America and other oil and gas companies to drill natural gas in the low-elevation roadless area has brought into crystal-clear focus the debate over drilling for gas on public lands deemed “roadless” by the Clinton administration in 2001.
Monday’s Colorado Supreme Court decision finding the state’s coal-bed methane gas wells must get well-water permits is yet one more arrow in the quiver of a natural-gas industry claiming increasing environmental and therefore economic persecution.